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Masahiro Tanaka went the distance Wednesday allowing two runs, six hits (a home run), and one walk while striking out 11 in the win over the Mariners.

Tanaka became just the second pitcher in MLB to reach the 10 win plateau as he improved to 10-1 in 13 starts on the season, tossing his second complete game over that span while reaching double-digit strikeouts for the first time since the first month of the season (fourth time on the year). Tanaka will be put to the test in his next start on Tuesday at home against the potent Blue Jays lineup.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

LeBron James scored 23 points (10-20 FGA, 1-4 FTA) going 2-for-6 from three-point range with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals an one block in Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Hawks.

James has been unstoppable this postseason as he is now averaging 27.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 1.8 steals over his last 14 games. At this point it is hard to believe anyone will be able to come between him and his third NBA title so whether it is the Warriors or the Rockets both teams better be ready to step up their game to try and take down King James.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Paul Millsap scored 16 points (5-13 FGA, 6-8 FTA) with 10 rebounds and five assists against the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

Millsap finished the postseason averaging 15.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists but it was not enough to hold off the Hawks from being eliminated on Tuesday night. Now that the season is over for the Hawks the team will have to make a decision regarding their power forward's shoulder, which may be require surgery this offseason, but it should not effect his fantasy value come next fall.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Jesse Chavez allowed just one run (unearned) on five hits an two walks while striking out four batters over eight innings against the Tigers on Tuesday.

Chavez had himself his best showing since being moved back into the starting rotation but was unable to walk away with the win after his offense failed to give him any support. He is now sitting 1-5 with a 2.44 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and a 45:15 K:BB rate through 51 2/3 innings and remains a solid deep league play as long as he continues to limit both home runs and walks down the road. The A's hurler will look to stay on track when he takes on the Yankees on Sunday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Joakim Soria picked up a four-out save in Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Athletics.

Soria continues to do a stellar job for the Tigers in the ninth inning as he has now converted 14 of his first 15 save chances while sitting on a 1.33 ERA, 0.69 WHIP and a 15:3 K:BB rate through 20 1/3 innings. Barring a severe meltdown in the near future, Soria is one of the safest closers to own the rest of the way.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

David Price tossed seven scoreless innings allowing five hits and one walk while striking out three batters against the Athletics on Tuesday.

Price improved to 4-1 with a 2.97 ERA, 1.17 WHIP an a 57:14 K:BB rate following Tuesday's great showing as he continues to be the workhorse for the Tigers starting rotation. Even if he was to falter in the upcoming months he has more than proved he is able to bounce back to remain a solid fantasy starter in all league formats. He will look to keep up the pace when he takes on the Angels on Sunday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Matt Shoemaker pitched seven shutout innings allowing four hits and one walk while striking out six batters against the Padres on Tuesday.

After surrendering eight runs in his previous start Shoemaker was able to put the past behind him and have a solid showing for the Angels on Tuesday. However, he is still sitting on a 5.44 ERA and 1.17 WHIP through his first nine starts, so his value lies strictly in deep league formats until he proves he can get the job done long term. Shoemaker will look to keep moving in the right direction when he takes on the Tigers on Sunday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Odrisamer Despaigne tossed six scoreless innings allowing just five hits and no walks while striking out five batters against the Angels on Tuesday.

Despaigne logged his best start of the season on Tuesday night as he managed to allow just five base runners over six innings. He is now sitting 2-3 with a 5.23 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and a 21:11 K:BB rate through 41 1/3 innings, so unless something drastic changes soon he is far from a fantasy option at this point. The Padres hurler will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Pirates on Sunday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Matt Kemp went 2-for-5 with a double, three RBI and one run scored against the Angels on Tuesday.

Kemp managed to drive in three runs in the 10th inning to break up a scoreless game Tuesday night which was enough for the Padres to walk away victorious. Although this was a nice showing, the Padres outfield is still slashing only .255/.291/.348 with one home run and 25 RBI through 184 at-bats while struggling in the strikeout department (41 K) as he continues to struggle in his first year in San Diego. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Andre Ethier went 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored against the Braves on Tuesday.

Ethier continues to find success since becoming a staple in the Dodgers outfield as he is now slashing .311/.403/.546 with six home runs and 19 RBI through 119 at-bats. Although there is still a chance his playing time may decrease long term, he remains a must-start in all but the shallowest of leagues while receiving regular at-bats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and a pair of runs scored against the Braves on Tuesday.

Gonzalez has been a man on a mission this season as he is now slashing .344/.421/.638 with 10 home runs an 35 RBI through 160 at-bats. Even through his home run stroke was unable to keep up following a monster month of April Gonzalez remains a elite power hitter until he proves otherwise.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Clayton Kershaw tossed seven scoreless innings allowing just four hits and no walks while striking out 10 batters against the Braves on Tuesday.

Kershaw is now sitting 3-3 with a 3.86 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and a 83:16 K:BB rate through his first 65 1/3 innings despite having some struggles on the mound of late. No matter how much trouble he has down the road Kershaw is a must-start every time he takes the hill knowing that he can post performances like we saw on Tuesday night. he will look to keep up moving in the right direction when he takes on the Rockies on Monday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Julio Teheran was roughed up for eight runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out one batter over 4 1/3 innings against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

After allowing only two runs over his previous two starts Teheran took a big step backwards Tuesday night as he was shelled for a season-high eight runs. He is now sitting 4-2 with a 4.91 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and a 48:22 K:BB rate through 55 innings which is far from being the ace fantasy owners expected to see this season. Teheran will look to get back on track when he takes on the Giants on Sunday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

The Tigers have placed Alfredo Simon on the bereavement list.

Simon will not make his next start, which will either go to the bullpen or somebody in Triple-A. He should only miss the one start, so if you own Simon you should probably just hold onto him. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Ryan Raburn went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a double and two runs scored in Tuesday’s 4-3 loss against the Rangers.

Coming into play on a 1-for-15 skid, Raburn got back to doing what he does best Tuesday night, pounding left-handed pitching. Squaring off against Rangers southpaw Wandy Rodriguez, Raburn smacked his second homer of the season in the first inning then followed that up with a double to lead off the bottom of the fourth. The 34-year-old veteran is now batting .356 with a dozen extra-base hits across 67 plate appearances versus lefties so far in 2015. Analysis: Nate Miller

Jason Kipnis went 1-for-4 with a solo homer during Tuesday night’s 4-3 loss to the Rangers.

Continuing an outstanding month at the plate, Kipnis extended his current hitting streak to six games with a lead-off home run in the bottom of the first. During this streak, the All-Star second baseman has gone 9-for-24 with a homer, four doubles, five RBI and six runs scored. Analysis: Nate Miller

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